Urbanisation is one of the most pressing issues in most less developed countries. This also holds true for contemporary South Africa where many issues related to urbanisation are coming to the fore. Housing backlogs lead to land invasions and conflict, while the conflicts surrounding migrant labourers in single-sex hostels are only too apparent. At the same time far-reaching changes in the life-styles of people are occurring.
In Volume 1 of this two-volume publication Derik Gelderblom and Pieter Kok review the international literature dealing with urbanisation. They locate urbanisation in broader social transformations, study the role of households and families in the process of migration and then connect this to a discussion of theories of migration. They also provide a survey of the history of urbanisation and planning in Latin America.
1. Urbanisation and development: theory and debate
2. The process of urbanisation
3. Historical overview
4. The current settlement system of South Africa
5. Urbanisation and the physical environment in the Third World
6. The consequences of urbanisation
7. Urbanisation and planning in Latin America: a few case studies